NUSADAILY.COM-JAKARTA – Google makes free its video teleconferencing services, Meet, for all Google account holders. Previously, the Meet application was only intended for those who subscribed to G Suite.
“Today, we made Google Meet, our premium video conferencing product, free for everyone. With availability over the coming weeks, “said Vice President & GM, G Suite, Javier Soltero, in Google’s official blog, Wednesday, April 19, 2020.
“We have invested for years in making Meet a video conferencing solution that is safe and can be trusted by schools. Also governments and companies throughout the world. And in the last few months we accelerated the release of the most awaited feature to make it more useful, “Soltero continued.
Last week, Google Meet released four new features. One of them looks like a Zoom video teleconferencing platform by displaying 16 participants at once on one screen. Previously, there was only a maximum of four participants on one screen.
Google Meet users now have the option to directly display the Chrome tab. Other new features are the low light mode and the noise filter feature.
“Starting in early May, anyone who has an email address can register Meet and enjoy many of the same features available to our business users. Such as simple scheduling and screen sharing, real-time caption, and layout that adjusts to your preferences, including expanded user views, “Soltero said.
Soltero added, starting next week the US-based IT company will gradually expand the availability of Meet to more people in the coming weeks.
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This means you might not be able to immediately create a meeting at meet.google.com. But you can register to be notified when available.
Free Google Meet is limited to 60 minutes
“Until now, Meet was only available as part of G Suite, our collaboration and productivity solution for businesses, organizations, and schools. “Looking ahead, Meet will be available to anyone for free on the web at meet.google.com and through the mobile application for iOS or Android,” Soltero said.
If you have an account (if you are a user @ gmail.com), sign in at meet.google.com to get started. If you don’t have a Google account, you need to make it your personal or work email address. This step, according to Saltore, is needed as security.
The use of the Meet is limited to 60 minutes for free products. Although Google will not impose this deadline until after 30 September. This duration is longer than Zoom which imposes a 40-minute duration limitation for free services.
“Creating a trusted meeting room is important. And be careful when sharing meeting links in public forums can help create a safe experience for all participants, “Saltore said.
“We hope that by making Meet and G Suite more available to everyone, it will be easier to stay connected and productive – now and in the future,” concluded Saltore. (yos)